4 items from 2015
Following up Blue Ruin and Green Room — which will get a 2016 spring release via A24 — Jeremy Saulnier will re-team with the distributor. The Wrap reports that he’s been set to adapt William Giraldi’s novel Hold the Dark for his next project. Scripted by star Macon Blair, it’s described as an “intense tale of fate, family, and revenge set in the remote Alaskan wilderness. When a child is taken from his village by a pack of wolves, an expert hunter is summoned to track and destroy them. His mission leads him down an increasingly dark and shocking path as he confronts the cruelty of nature and his own failures as a man. With the child’s grief-crazed father closing in behind him and a fierce, unforgiving landscape ahead, the question becomes, who is really being hunted?” It sounds like fantastic, intense material for the director, so we look »
- Jordan Raup
Before he shipwrecked with "Aloha," a couple of years back Cameron Crowe was shepherding along an adaptation of David Sheff's memoir, "Beautiful Boy: a Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction." After working through some script issues, Mark Wahlberg circled the movie but Crowe decided to make his Hawaii rom-com instead. Well, producer Brad Pitt is ready to get the wheels in motion again and he's found a new filmmaker to take charge. Felix van Groeningen, the filmmaker behind the lovely, heartbreaking and Oscar nominated "The Broken Circle Breakdown," has now been tasked to helm "Beautiful Boy." Luke Davies (Anton Corbijn's "Life," and the novel "Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction") has penned the script which also uses Nic Sheff's memoir “Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines” for source material, to tell the story of a father watches his son struggle through meth addiction and recovery. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
New Regency and Plan B Entertainment have set Felix van Groeningen ("The Broken Circle Breakdown") to direct the film adaptation of David Sheff's memoir "Beautiful Boy," a project once earmarked for Cameron Crowe.
Nic Scheff's "Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines" is also incorporated into this story which follows meth addiction and recovery through the eyes of a father who watches his son as he struggles with the disease.
The project was well into pre-production and Mark Wahlberg was being sought to star, but Crowe dropped out to direct "Aloha" instead. It has taken a while but Plan B finally found a new helmer in the form of van Groeningen.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Based on David Sheff’s book “Beautiful Boy: a Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction,” the story follows meth addiction and recovery through the eyes of a father who watches his son as he struggles with the disease.
Cameron Crowe was originally on board to direct and so far along in the pre-production process that he was courting Mark Wahlberg to star, but the director subsequently left the project to direct “Aloha.” Pitt is producing the film through Plan B. Sources say the project is moving forward quickly with “Candy” scribe Luke Davies having recently handed in his rewrite. The filmmakers plan to go out to talent shortly.
Van Groeningen broke out with Belgium pic “The Broken Circle Breakdown, »
- Justin Kroll
4 items from 2015
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